Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus
A medium sized hawk, resident around Montreal throughout the year, isn’t very common and sightings may occur more probable around the island of Montreal. This hawk is a forest raptor searching for prey while perched on a treetop or soaring over woodland.
- Red-shouldered Hawk (en)
- Busardo hombrorrojo (es)
- Buse à épaulettes (fr)
- Rotschulterbussard (de)
How to Identify
To identify this species look for the reddish coloring of breast and shoulder. Another distinctive characteristic is the tail in flight.
Where & When to Spot
I observed this species only one time in the Northern tip of Island Montreal on a tree close to the highway. It is a territorial bird. For the best chance to see one, visit Park Pointe-aux-Prairies in Winter. Winter, because of the lack of leaves it is easier to spot one.